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goby2004

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Ok, I am sure this will raise a rucus. who uses ozone out there? I am thinking of adding to my tank system to help control organic wastes and improve water quality and clarity which are pretty good but I want to increase the bio load..



200 gal tank with 400 watt halide 430 watts VHO, ETSS skimmer, 100 gal refugium, Neptune controller(love it)fish corals inverts...79F, 1.025, 8.5ph

any input, advice from experience would be great.. products etc..
 

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lots of folks run ozone goby. It was really popular back a few years before all the advances in skimmers and so on, so you dont really see it to much any more. Ozone is an active molecule that seeks out organics. You have to really keep an eye on your orp, because it does not differenciate between organic and flesh, lol. to much will hurt other oranisms in the tank. also it can cause laterial line disease in fish to.Go ahead if you really want to use i, just becareful and monitor it very well.

Mike
 

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if running through your skimmer, dont forget to run carbon through the outflow to remove excess ozone. also i believe a varbon cap is reccommended to prevent ozone from venting into the room. it will clean the room air but to much can be harmful to lifeforms in the room (plant, pet, human)
 

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Thanks for the input, I would control it through my neptune controller, ORP is running 295 to 325 now without ozone. I studied on the carbon filtering so I am covered there, curious how it effects the actual 'look' of the reef.
 

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It will clearify you water and turn your skimmer into a monster, lol DO NOT just rely on the aquacontroler goby, make sure you have a fail safe built in somewhere also.

Mike
 

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Ozone Good or Bad!

Goby, Goby, Goby, I think I can help you out! I had a 325 gallon tank a year ago. I think one of the biggest successes of the water quality was the use of Ozone. Keeps the water crystal clear. But don't over due it. Start slowly!!!!!! Again, let me repeat myself!!
START SLOWLY!!!! You say your orp was 295-320 right. Start by increasing your orp level by 5-10 points a week to reach a goal of around 400. So set your computer to turn you ozone on at 300 off at 310. 2nd week set on at 310 off at 320. 3rd week on 320 off 330 and so on until you reach the 400 mark. Make sure to calibrate and clean your orp probe monthly! Don't forget. And as Mike obrien stated have a fail safe device. Don't turn your ozone to 10 when you first start out. Maybe start at 5 and see how that works. Remember to start off slowly!!! Patience, Water quality, and time is your friend.

Good Luck! Ozetech is the brand I have. Works out great when I need it.
 

goby2004

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so no horror stories yet! Thanks for the advice, I'll do some more research on placement and filtering the air/water return and give it a try!
 

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Reno Guy said:
What would be sugested as a failsafe part of the system?

Bear with me as I'm really new to all this.
Yes, I too would like to know what other prevenative measure one should take when using Ozone.
thanks.
 

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I found the following quote from Here. I hope it helps to give you some indication of a couple of methods used to keep tabs on the amount of ozone used.

As I have stated earlier, the amount of ozone used is not the issue. The issue is that whatever that amount is, it must be used in such a way that no ozone is found in the water in the tank. Removing it efficiently from the water coming out of the skimmer, or from the ozone reactor is what the hobbyist must focus in on. Activated carbon and a residual ozone test will allow this to be done.

Additionally, a point will come where the water quality is at the level that the tank requires, as we shall see later in this chapter. When that point is reached, the amount of ozone needed to keep it there will stabilize itself. Indeed water of high quality does not require a lot of additional ozone to remain at that level. At such time the hobbyist must limit the ozone input by either using a redox potential controller, or by operating the ozonizer on a timer. In such cases a pen-type redox meter of good quality is really an instrument that the hobbyist should acquire.
 
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